Another Green Pool At the Rio Olympics

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Green Pool Rio Olympics 2016

So I turned on the Olympics last night to watch the diving event and couldn’t believe my eyes. The first thing out of my mouth was, ” That pool is not clean!” As a pool guy I always notice these things when I walk into a hotel and the water is the slightest bit cloudy. But you don’t need to run a pool company to see that the pools at the 2016 Rio Olympics are more than cloudy. They have completely turned green! I’m not sure how this happened, but it really is a bummer that it happened on the largest stage.

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These pools at the Rio Olympics show how quickly a swimming pool can turn. Unfortunately with a pool this size it could take a good amount of time to clear up. It takes a standard size (20,000 gallons) pool approximately 6 hours to filter through the system one time! Figure that these pools are in the hundreds of thousands of gallons. Well….we might be looking at green pools through the Olympics.

Swimming Pool Water Recycling: Never Drain Your Pool Again!

 

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A little while back I wrote an article regarding water quality  What are Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Phosphates  and the necessity to drain your swimming pool based on the overall water quality reading of your pool.

Now you’ve reach the point where your swimming pool  needs to be drained to restore water quality but with the drought in Southern California, you can’t justify wasting 25,000 gallons of water. There is an alternative, and that is to filter and purify your water with Pool Water Recycling.

LA Pool Guys is now offering Pool Water Recycling by using a mobile filtering truck that can remove TDS & Phosphates without draining. pool filtration and purification system removes contaminant buildup without having to drain your pool! The process is quick and effective and most residential pools can be treated from start to finish in a single day. Now you can have the best water quality available while being 100% conscious of water consumption requirements Southern California!

In the past, residential swimming pools have required a drain and refill every 2-3 years to maintain proper water balance and to protect plaster and equipment. Commercial pools should be done even more frequently due to greater usage and higher chemical levels required for sanitation. Exposing the plaster during a drain and refill can cause plaster damage and/or failure.  On other occasions, pools have “popped” out of the ground as the water is removed and the pool “floats”.

Why risk damage to your pool, or waste your existing water when there is a better, safer solution that also allows you to be a good steward of water resources?  Water conservation, no risk to your pool, and clean, safe water that requires less chemicals to maintain… It’s a win-win situation!

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What are TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) and Phosphates?

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LA Pool Guys perform an annual preventative maintenance water testing service that address outside agents that affect water quality issues that cannot be resolved through routine pool maintenance. Poor water quality affects the service technicians ability to maintain proper water chemistry. High TDS and/or Posphate Readings are a result of solid and organic materials introduced the water that contributes to cloudy water, algae growth, staining corrosion etc., High TDS & Phosphate levels cannot be prevented by standard weekly chlorine and acid balancing, they can only be corrected through drain (TDS), & or treatment (Phosphate), or mobile drainless treatment services.

What are Total Dissolved Solids?

TDS are all products dissolved in the water. All dissolved matter added to pool/spa water contributes to TDS, including salt, bather waste, algaecides, metal and stain control chemicals, clarifiers, de-foamers, enzymes, wind-borne debris, and water balance chemicals. This includes chemicals, debris entering the pool from the environment and swimmer waste products. When TDS levels increase

Chlorine effectiveness is reduced
Algae growth increases
Water becomes cloudy
Scaling increases
Galvanic Corrosion will occur
Staining of plaster increases

TDS will cause the water to look dull or “tired” and may exhibit a bad or salty taste. Hot water facilities such as spas or pools in hot weather climates develop high TDS as a result of evaporation, excessive bather load, and
chemical use.

It is commonly recommended that the TDS levels should not exceed 1,500 ppm In a non salt generating system. In the case of a salt system the TDS should not exceed 1,500 ppm higher than the recommended ppm of salt needed to operate the salt chlorine generation system. For salt systems you should consider draining your pool around 4500ppm.

TDS Levels (High): 

Greater than 1500 ppm above fill water TDS level = full or partial drain

1500 ppm is the lowest level of TDS for a recommended drain. LA Pool Guys notification and recommendation starts once your water passes this threshold.

Salt System Greater than 4500 ppm = full or partial drain

What are Phosphates? 

Below is a great excerpt from an article written in by poolcenter.com regarding phosphates in swimming pools

Phosphates Accumulate in Pools….

What’s true for lakes is also true for swimming pools. Phosphate is a natural component of most swimmer wastes. It is also present in rain water. Phosphate is persistent and does not break down naturally. Landscaper’s fertilizers, which may blow into the pool, have high phosphate content. For all of these reasons, pools can quickly build up high phosphate levels.This creates an abundant and tasty food source for all strains of algae, and can make controlling their growth difficult. Remove the food, and you have a strong weapon against algae.

When Phosphates are Present, Algae Grows….

Phosphate is the main ingredient in fertilizer. Phosphate is plant food, and algae are plants. If you have had persistant trouble with algae, every year – and it always seems to come back, you may have a phosphate problem in your pool. When excess phosphate is present in a swimming pool, the symptoms often include the following:

    • Cloudy, Green Water
    • Slippery and Slimy Surfaces
    • Mustard and Green Colored Debris
    • Excessive Chemical Consumption
    • Poor Water Quality

Remove the Phosphates and Solve the Problem….

The maximum level of phosphate in pool water should be 0.1 ppm. Once the phosphate climbs above this level, the water quality begins to decrease and slime deposits can begin.

Phosphate Levels: 

greater than 500 ppb to 5,000 ppb = Treatment.

Above 5,000 ppb (parts per billion) would be considered excessive and may need draining

A Phosphate treatment can significantly improve the clarity of your water, and keep algae at bay through the season since phosphates are a major contributor to algae growth.

Before Phosphate Treatment

After Phosphate Treatment

If a drain is required due to High TDS Levels  it will also remove phosphates and postpone the need for a phosphate treatment. This is why LA Pool Guys uses tests for both TDS & Phosphate simultaneously.  Both TDS and phospahtes are contributors to algae growth and several other water quality/balance issues.

Acid Wash

If it is time to drain your pool due to water quality, you might want to consider doing an acid wash at the same time. This is one way to take care of several water quality issues and pool aesthetics at the same time at a fraction of the cost of a re-plaster. No all pools can be acid washed due to plaster quality and results may vary depending on the staining of your pool. 

BEFORE & AFTER

Acid Wash BeforeAcid Wash After

Drought Concerns & Drainless Treatment:

LA Pool Guys can also recommend a company who has a mobile filtering truck that can remove TDS & Phophates without draining. This is a technology that has been created to combat water usage do to high drought conditions in our area. The cost to do a drainless treatment can be significantly higher, however all water usage penalties in your area should be taken into consideration in making your decision.

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A fantastic article was written by the LA Times recently regarding swimming pool water usage and its effect on total water consumption as California’s drought continues. Drought is a serious threat to the pool service industry in Los Angeles, Orange County, and all of California cities that are considering putting a ban on pool filling. It is very helpful to have some clarity on this issue.

I have always thought landscape sprinklers would have a much higher impact on water usage over time and this Los Angeles Times article confirmed my suspicions. If you are a pool owner in California and have been wondering how your swimming pool water usage effects the drought this is a must read.

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Award winning pool service company LA Pool Guys is now providing their professional commercial and residential swimming pool, spa, and fountain services in Lancaster CA ,Palmdale CA,  and Santa Clarita CA , and surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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Phone: (213) 999 – 7665 ext 1

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L A Pool Guys Receives 2014 Best of Long Beach Award

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Long Beach Award Program Honors the Achievement

LONG BEACH July 29, 2014 — L A Pool Guys has been selected for the 2014 Best of Long Beach Award in the Swimming Pool Service & Repair category by the Long Beach Award Program.

Each year, the Long Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Long Beach area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Long Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Long Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Long Beach Award Program

The Long Beach Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Long Beach area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Long Beach Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Long Beach Award Program

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Virginia Graeme Baker Act: Los Angeles Health Department Update

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By this time most commercial properties in Los Angeles have taken care of the Virgina Graeme Baker retrofit requirements, but  if you have not already Design Plastering  has helped LA Pool Guys with bringing our commercial properties into compliance since the law was enacted. If you are still looking to retrofit, give them a call and tell them that LA Pool Guys sent you.

I just received the swimming pool service technician letter from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and it included an update to Virginia Graeme Baker Act of 2010. This is the update and current requirements:

By July 1 2010, all public pools should have been brought into compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. This required retrofitting the pool with approved drain covers and making sure that the suction drains were split or protected by a safety vacuum release system.

In  addition, pool owners/contractors were required to send a certificate of compliance to our department once the work was done.

Pools that are not in compliance are being closed by our department until they comply with the VGB act. The process is not complete until we receive the compliance form.

click here to get the full PDF of the VGB requirments according to the Los Angeles Health Department

Happy retrofitting!

 

 

Southern California Homes Looking for LA Pool Guys swimming pool service tips

LA Pool Guys was interviewed about professional pool services on Southern California Homes, a top website for Los Angeles County and Orange County houses: “5 Tips on Swimming Pool Cleaning and Repair.”

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LA Pool Guys interview with Souther California Homes

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

LA Pool Guys is the leading swimming pool, spa, and fountain service and repair company in Los Angeles County and Orange County, Long Beach, Pasadena and surrounding areas. LA Pool Guys has been providing its professional swimming pool, spa, and fountain services since 2001. We specialize in commercial and residential swimming pool service, and we offer full-service weekly pool service plans to ensure proper professionals pool service maintenance and chemical balance.

Why do swimming pools need regular maintenance?

To sum it up, a pool without proper filtration equipment and chemical balance a swimming pool is basically a bath tub. No one would ever get in a bathtub after 30 people have been in it! Swimming pools need regular maintenance for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • Proper chemical balance needs to be maintained to ensure longer equipment life
  • To avoid skin/eye irritation
  • Extended plaster life
  • Pool filtration systems do a lot of the work, but it takes chemistry to maintain a balance water system
  • Proper sanitation will eliminate dangerous pathogens and microorganisms from infecting pool users
  • Improper balance leads to cloudy water

What are the main things that should be done during a standard swimming pool service and how often should they be done

  • The Los Angeles Health Department has a checklist of the items that it requires pool service technicians to fill out each time they provide pool service at a commercial property in Los Angeles County. This checklist includes basic chemical motoring (chlorine, acid, alkalinity, PH, calcium, stabilizer once a month, pressure, clarity and chemicals added).
  • Although this is not required for residential swimming pools, LA Pool Guys has adopted this log sheet system for all of our swimming pools, spas and fountains that we service commercial or residential in Los Angeles and Orange County.
  • Other duties each visit include vacuuming, backwashing and cleaning the pool filter as needed, emptying all of the pump and skimmer baskets, brushing the pool walls and tile and skimming the water surface. Phosphate, algae treatments and TDS (total dissolved solids) tests result in pool and spa draining or special treatments and are all part of LA Pool Guys customer care preventative maintenance program. Phosphate levels and TDS levels are tested twice per year for our entire portfolio and more often as needed by certain swimming pools.

How can people figure out the proper chemical balance for their swimming pools

People can go down to their local pool supply store and either take a water sample in, or purchase a test kit or test strips. Test strips are very simple to read, but if you want a more extensive water analysis you should consider bringing a water sample in.

What are some of the most common repairs that are needed in the Los Angeles area?

Los Angeles is one of the best climates in the world for swimming pools. As a result people can use their pools without worry of them being closed for part of the year or “winterization.” When our busy season starts, pool heaters are first on the list of common equipment repairs. Lights, pumps, motors and filters and re-plasters are all right up there as well.

Is there anything that homeowners can do to help reduce the need for or frequency of swimming pool repairs?

  • Proper pool chemical balance
  • Swimming pool preventative maintenance
  • Filter cleanings & backwashes (when filter pressure shows a change in pressure 5 lbs. or more)
  • Never run the pool pump when the water is below the halfway point on the tile line
  • Empty swimming pool pump baskets and skimmer baskets consistently

What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

LA Pool Guys’ info is:
P: (213) 999-7665
W: www.lapoolguys.com
E: lapool@lapoolguys.com

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APRIL POOLS! Heat wave triggers early pool service company discounts in Los Angeles & Orange County for Pool, spa and fountain service

It’s about that time of year again. I know that spring just sprung, but every time the temperature jumps into the 90’s the swimming pool business for Los Angeles and Orange County begins to awake from the depths of winter. Although, “depths of winter” in Southern California is laughable. Basically it is now “shorts weather” instead of “light sweater weather.” I’m ready to put some slow cooked bbq on my smoker, and swimmers everywhere are ready to jump in.

With the early heat wave LA Pool Guys will be offering a $50 discount through the summer for signing a monthly service agreement. it can be used towards pool, spa, or fountain service or as a credit towards any pre-summer repairs that you may be looking to take care of before the big backyard bbq blowout. Maybe the heat is getting to me, maybe i’m just in the summer spirit, and maybe i’m jumping the gun. Whatever the case… maybe it’s time to give LA Pool Guys a ring?! Who knows, since it is so early in the season. Maybe i’ll come up with an even better offer!

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